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 Posted:   Dec 5, 2013 - 8:49 AM   
 By:   Quartet Records   (Member)

Quartet Records is delighted to present its Christmas batch: Three limited editions that also are our latest releases for 2013. Much more on 2014 ...




A PASSAGE TO INDIA (Expanded)
Music Composed and Conducted by Maurice Jarre
Limited Edition of 1500 units

Quartet Records, in collaboration with Tadlow Music and Capitol Records, proudly presents the complete classic score for the last film directed by David Lean, composed by Maurice Jarre, Academy Award winner for Best Original Score in 1985.

David Lean and Maurice Jarre enjoyed a well-established and beloved director/composer relationship even though they made only four films together—but what magnificent films and scores they were! The music for Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, Ryan’s Daughter and A Passage to India earned Jarre three Oscars, and the scores are among the most recognized and iconic in movie history.

A Passage to India, based on an E. M. Forster novel, is set in India during the 1920s—the height of the British Raj. It explores the thorny question of British-Indian relations through the experience of a young British woman. Jarre’s score is based primarily on two themes, including one that on the surface is nothing more than a pop-styled foxtrot. The composer develops this material at greater length on the album than in the movie (which contains only about 20 minutes of music)—demonstrating a level of sophistication and artistry in keeping with the multi-layered nuances of Lean’s film.

The album has been expanded by about 20 minutes from the original Capitol release. It features the complete score that Jarre prepared for the film, including many cues that were not used in the final cut (such as the music Jarre composed and recorded for the Marabar Caves sequence), as well as an alternate main title and a lot of exotic Indian music composed by Jarre in the same style as The Man Who Would Be King.

Powerfully performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the composer’s baton, this release has been fully remixed and mastered from the original 24-track session tapes by Gareth Williams, and we can say that it has never sounded better. Produced by James Fitzpatrick from Tadlow Music for Quartet Records, the package includes a 20-page booklet with liner notes by Frank K. DeWald and James Fitzpatrick.




THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (The Archival Edition)
Music Composed and Conducted by Miklós Rózsa
Limited Edition of 1000 units

Quartet Records and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer present the world-premiere release of the classy, unforgettable music composed by Miklós Rózsa for Billy Wilder´s classic The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.

Wilder’s unique take on the world’s greatest consulting detective was meant to explore previously dark corners of Homes’ life—including his addiction to cocaine and his troubled relationships with women. Last-minute studio jitters forced Wilder to make massive cuts, shortening the running time from 210 to 125 minutes. The resulting film, in spite of great performances by Robert Stephens, Colin Blakely, Geneviève Page and Christopher Lee, failed to catch fire at the box office.

For music, Wilder turned to his friend and past collaborator (Five Graves to Cairo, The Lost Weekend, Double Indemnity) Miklós Rózsa, asking him to adapt his Violin Concerto, Op. 24, for the film. Rózsa obliged, augmenting the concert work with a number of evocative new themes for the picture. The music for Holmes anticipates the elegant but autumnal mood of such later scores as Providence, Time After Time, Fedora and Last Embrace, while simultaneously combining the compassion and wisdom of experience with the wit, charm and joie de vivre of youth.

The soundtrack album of The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes was never issued on LP. Rózsaphiles were thus understandably ecstatic when, in 2007, James Fitzpatrick reconstructed and recorded the entire score for Tadlow Music. That superb recording remains an essential touchstone in the Rózsa discography. Still, fans have continued to hope for a release of the original tracks.

Quartet Records spent almost three years searching for the best possible sources, but the original masters are, unfortunately, forever lost. We have used three different monaural music-only stems from the MGM vaults for this release—none of which was in ideal condition. Engineer Jose Louis Crespo has minimized the changes in level necessitated by the addition of dialogue and effects and meticulously blended the best sources for each cue. (A tech note included in the booklet explains the lengthy and frustrating process in greater detail.) The resulting CD, in spite of its less-than-ideal sound, preserves the composer’s own irreplaceable interpretation, bringing this marvelous music back to life more than 40 years after it was written.

All of Miklós Rózsa’s music is worth preserving. This premiere “archival edition” of the original tracks of The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, extraordinarily performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the composer’s baton, was a labor of love for everyone involved. The immortal music of Rózsa deserves nothing less. The lavishly designed package includes a 28-page booklet with liner notes and track-by-track analysis by Frank K. DeWald.




THE BEASTMASTER (2-CD Expanded)
Music Composed and Conducted by Lee Holdridge
Limited Edition of 1200 units

Quartet Records, in collaboration with Gruppo Sugar, proudly presents the premiere expanded CD release of Lee Holdridge’s epic symphonic score from the popular fantasy adventure film directed by Don Coscarelli in 1982.

Recorded in Rome with members of the Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia and the Radio Symphony, Holdridge provides an incredibly powerful and exciting score dominated by an epic main theme. The score also features a beautiful love theme, fierce action cues, adventure music and dark and mystical passages.

The first score album for The Beastmaster was released by Varèse Sarabande in 1983. It was subsequently reissued by CAM Records, and as a promotional album paired with music from Holdridge’s TV score to Beauty and the Beast. The album underwent some modifications along the way—most notably, the addition of Holdridge’s dramatic re-write of the climactic “The Battle on the Pyramid.” It is the revised program that appears here.

Quartet’s expanded score assembly was created from the surviving first-generation CAM master tapes, vaulted in mint condition at Gruppo Sugar, and differs from both the original album and the music as heard in the film. The assembly features much music that was cut from the film, as well as several alternate takes and compositions. The score is presented in film order, as originally conceived by Holdridge.

Mastered by Claudio Fuiano, the package for this deluxe 2-CD edition includes a 20-page full color booklet with liner notes and track-by-track analysis by John Takis.

The three CDs will ship next Thursday 12th
For more info, place an order, or hear audio samples, please visit www.quartetrecords.com.

 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2013 - 8:58 AM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

I'm grabbing the BEASTMASTER!!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2013 - 9:00 AM   
 By:   jacky   (Member)

The Beastmaster Wow!!! Not too unexpected but WOW!!
One question why did they start cd one with the earlier album presentation and not the "complete" score first. (is it complete btw?)

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2013 - 9:02 AM   
 By:   Quartet Records   (Member)

The Beastmaster Wow!!! Not too unexpected but WOW!!
One question why did they started cd one with the earlier album presentation and not the "complete" score first. (is it complete btw?)


Licensing issues

 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2013 - 9:03 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

The assembly features much music that was cut from the film, as well as several alternate takes and compositions.

Shit.

I need this.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2013 - 9:04 AM   
 By:   tarasis   (Member)

The Beastmaster is sorely tempting. I have a thing for adventure scores. How long will it last though?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2013 - 9:07 AM   
 By:   jacky   (Member)

The Beastmaster Wow!!! Not too unexpected but WOW!!
One question why did they started cd one with the earlier album presentation and not the "complete" score first. (is it complete btw?)


Licensing issues


That make sense. Thanks for the answer, Congratulations on this excellent release i will certainly jump on it.

 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2013 - 9:09 AM   
 By:   filmsonwax   (Member)

Ordered THE BEASTMASTER. Had to have it.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2013 - 9:10 AM   
 By:   GoblinScore   (Member)

Nice, THAT'S a winning trio - I think the end of my INDIA cd
has a skip, I'll be happy to replace this. And my pitiful cdr
of Holdridge. And supplement the fine CoPP re-record of the Rozsa.

Bravo!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2013 - 9:10 AM   
 By:   BROMHEAD1   (Member)

just grabbed a Beast....

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2013 - 9:15 AM   
 By:   Traveling Matt   (Member)

What beautiful art on Beastmaster.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2013 - 9:21 AM   
 By:   PFK   (Member)


Three great releases - A WOW from me on Rozsa's Sherlock Holmes! smile

I saw Sherlock Holmes when it came out and always wanted the original score. Now, 43 years later, I'll have it! smile

 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2013 - 9:21 AM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

Oh its wonderfull to finally see Jarre's expanded A PASSAGE TO INDIA. I thought James Fitzpatrick would have issued this exclusively on Tadlow (As I mentioned in the other thread) The sound quality is amazing here! The only bummer is that I'am just out of funds with Black Friday order and cd batches and its only 1200 units which will surely sell before I get my hands on it.Damn it. Need a fairy Godmother to help me out..lol!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2013 - 9:50 AM   
 By:   Joe Brausam   (Member)

One of the best looking batches of releases ever, awesome! Thank you!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2013 - 10:11 AM   
 By:   MI6   (Member)

Nice picks.

Quartet's selections for their Christmas batch are getting better each year.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2013 - 10:37 AM   
 By:   xG-MONEYx   (Member)

All 3 are & an instant buy. Beastmaster!!!! Thank you!!

Highlander? where r u?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2013 - 10:55 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Highlander? where r u?

There's no pleasing some people.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2013 - 11:00 AM   
 By:   xG-MONEYx   (Member)

Highlander? where r u?

There's no pleasing some people.


just being hopeful thats all. Its because of the fantasy score thing.

Conan
Sword & the Sorcerer
Fire & Ice
BEASTMASTER

you get it now...

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2013 - 11:04 AM   
 By:   ScottDS   (Member)

I'm not the biggest Jarrehead in the world and I've actually never seen A Passage to India, but after listening to the samples... I'm SOLD! smile

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2013 - 11:06 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

you get it now...

Yes, but it's always "Where's Highlander? Where's Highlander?" with you. The mindset of fans whose response to a new release is along the lines of "Yeah, that's great but when's (insert object of desire here) coming out?" is really annoying. Why not just appreciate or disregard what's coming out now?

 
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